DANNY Wilson has challenged Kevin McDonald to prove he is worthy of a regular starting berth at Bramall Lane.
The Blades manager handed the Scot a start against Rochdale and the midfielder repaid the faith shown in him by delivering arguably his most accomplished display since moving to the South Yorkshire club in August.
McDonald, preferred in the centre of midfield to David McAllister, was dropped from the team following United’s exit at the quarter-final stage of the northern section of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to Bradford City.
Wilson said: “David [McAllister] has done very well but we just thought that Saturday was a prime game for Kevin McDonald to come in. I thought he did very well at times. His passing was excellent.
“Kevin has got a point to prove. He wants to stay in the team. We have got players like Nick Montgomery, Chris Porter and Ryan Flynn on the bench so the lads who are in the team know they have to keep playing well to stay in because we have good players waiting in the wings.”
The Blades slumped to a 7-0 defeat at Southampton in the third round of the FA Youth Cup at the St Mary’s Stadium last night.